Audio and radio play reviews

Review: Doctor Who – 130 – A Thousand Tiny Wings

A Thousand Tiny WingsYou know, when Steven Moffat sat down to work out how the next series of Doctor Who was going to work, I’m sure he had many, many things to consider. Not least of these was the kind of companion who was going to accompany the Doctor.

Now Big Finish can be a little off the wall sometimes, but usually they’re quite conventional. However, this time – for three plays only – they’ve done something that I bet Steven Moffat never, ever considered: they’ve given him a racist, fascist, time-travelling Nazi scientist as an assistant. Yeah, beat that Stevie, you no-talent hack.

For those of you who haven’t been listening to the Big Finish plays for the last decade or so, Colditz has probably slipped under your radar, especially since it’s a Seventh Doctor/Ace play, so likely to be languishing at the bottom of any collection/bargain bin. Just to jog your memory, it’s the one with David Tennant doing the bad German accent.

You probably won’t recall the actual plot, however, so let me remind you: the Doctor and Ace land in/near Colditz; they do lots of dumb things; the Nazis capture them and the TARDIS; a Nazi scientist called Klein takes the TARDIS into the future where the Third Reich have won the Second World War; through timey-wimey machinations the alternative future gets undone, Herr David Tennant gets killed off, and Klein is left lurking around somewhere in the world, possessing knowledge of science and the alternative future that she shouldn’t have.

A Thousand Tiny Wings picks up where Colditz left off by plopping the companionless Seventh Doctor down into 1950s Kenya at the time of the Mau Mau uprising. Here he comes across a bunch of posh English people stuck in a house and slowly being killed off by a mysterious poison. And Dr Elizabeth Klein.

Sounding good yet? No? Thought not.

Yet, despite sounding extremely bad on paper, it’s actually a pretty decent play in practice.

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Sitting Tennant

Friday’s Sitting Tennant (week 8, 2010)

Erin C's Sitting Tennant

Karen's Sitting Tennant

Rachel's Sitting Tennant

Rullsenberg's Sitting Tennant

Sabine's Sitting Tennant

Sister Chastity's Sitting Tennant

Toby's Sitting Tennant

It’s Friday so that means it’s time for some tranquil pictures of David Tennant sitting down to help you while the weekend away. This week’s come from the usual generous group of Erin C, Karen, Rachel, Rullsenberg, Sabine, Sister Chastity and Toby, although Karen’s looks suspiciously like he’s merely crouching. We’ll generously assume there’s a very tiny seat out of shot.

Now a while ago (by which I mean a little over two weeks ago), I asked you all to keep an eye on me, because I knew I was going to cock up again. Well, Karen managed to disappear completely from the picture leaderboard for three whole Sitting Tennants and I’ve only just noticed.

You have to watch me like a hawk. Vigilance is the price of Sitting Tennant freedom: keep watching the leaderboard, remember to include your name in the filenames of any pictures you send in or else the Stalinists will win and erase you from the history books. That’s the moral of this story.

I think.

  1. Rullsenberg: 55
  2. Toby, Sister Chastity, Sabine: 45
  3. Karen: 35
  4. Erin C, Rachel: 20

Don’t forget Monday’s caption competition everyone!

Got a picture of David Tennant sitting, lying down or in some indeterminate state in between? Then leave a link to it below or email me and if it’s judged suitable, it will appear in the “Sitting Tennant” gallery. Don’t forget to include your name in the filename so I don’t get mixed up about who sent it to me.

The best pic in the stash each week will appear on Monday and get ten points; the runners up will appear on Friday (one per person who sends one in) and get five points.

You can also enter the witty and amusing captions league table by commenting on Monday’s Sitting Tennant photo, the best caption getting 10 points, everyone who contributes getting five points.

Possibly the best thing Five has ever done – a CSI, CSI:NY, FlashForward, CSI:Miami, The Mentalist, NCIS crossover

Whatever you think about UK network Five (eg has no real identity, only shows imports, all its home-made shows are cheap and tacky, etc), this is probably the best thing they’ve ever done. It’s a trailer and pre-programme countdown that features the stars of all the top US imports (CSI, CSI:NY, FlashForward, CSI:Miami, The Mentalist, NCIS). But rather than just use stock footage, with one exception they actually went on all the sets and filmed the stars in-character.

So feast yourself on Simon Baker, Laurence Fishburne, Joseph Fiennes, David Caruso, Gary Sinise, Mark Harmon, Marg Helgenberger et al ganging up together – it’s much better than that CSI crossover they did last year, at least.

Friday’s “Bridget Jones everywhere?” news

Doctor Who

  • BBC America to show new series starting April 17th [spoilers]


  • Christina Applegate and Alyssa Milano join Hall Pass
  • Odeon U-turns over Alice in Wonderland boycott
  • Nicole Kidman to cameo in Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It?
  • Trailer for A Nightmare on Elm Street remake
  • Bree Larson and Lucy Liu join Michael C Hall in East Fifth Bliss
  • Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester to star with Hugh Laurie in The Oranges
  • Bradley Cooper drops out of This Means War
  • An Iron Man 2 featurette
  • TV spot for The Losers with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans and Idris Elba

British TV

  • BBC to cut radio stations including 6 Music, “halve web pages”, reduce US imports?
  • STV threatens third lawsuit against ITV over X-Factor
  • Five signs VoD agreement for shows including Neighbours and Home and Away
  • Bridget Jones: The TV series?

Canadian TV

French TV